Clinton gets more bounce than Trump from conventions, leads in opinion polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2016 23:52 IST
A combination photo shows US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) (Reuters file photos)

Hillary Clinton is surging among women voters, posting a 23-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump in a new poll published on Saturday, with an overall lead of eight points.

This poll by Washington Post-ABC also showed a majority of Americans — 74% of the respondents — disapproved of Trump’s dispute with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents of a fallen Muslim American soldier.

And though Clinton and Trump both scored poorly on trust and honesty, the Democratic nominee fared much better on the question of temperament and personality to be president.

Clinton, a former secretary of state, was way ahead of Trump on “good understanding of world affairs”, a known vulnerability for the Republican nominee, which he has tried to address.

Clinton has widened her lead over Trump in most recent polls, riding a post-convention bounce and Trump’s self-inflicted errors such as the spat with the Khans.

Trump also fought with his party leadership by refusing to endorse Speaker Paul Ryan and Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte’s re-election bids. He eventually did.

With Clinton surging in polls and Trump struggling to figure out his priorities, Republicans are reported to be looking beyond the White House to focus on retaining control of Congress.

They are worried their presidential nominee could have a debilitating impact on other races, especially of Republicans in tight contests for the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“After a disastrous week of feuds and plummeting poll numbers, Republican leaders have concluded that Donald J Trump is a threat to the party’s fortunes and have begun discussing how soon their endangered candidates should explicitly distance themselves from the presidential nominee,” The New York Times said in a report on Sunday.

It noted that two Republicans locked in tight races kept away from Trump’s campaign events in their states this past Friday — they didn’t want to be seen with him.

And Republican strategist told the NYT that ads will be airing soon that would treat Trump’s defeat as a given and seek support for Republicans running for Congress as a check on Clinton.

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